Some of these seemingly spontaneous, public “not having it” responses are complemented by grassroots activism. For instance, during this year’s Oscars, the hashtag #askhermore, started by the Representation Project, encouraged reporters to go beyond the dress and hair topics. Celebrities signed on to that effort, too.
But maybe the most exciting thing about responses like Tom Hardy’s and others is the message they send to young people who are paying attention. A young blogger at SPARK expressed her feelings most enthusiastically when the spate of talking back began:
These actresses are awesome for talking back to the media, and calling out questions that they don’t like. I’m sure that’s not easy to do, especially knowing that this person could react by writing nasty things about you. They’re using their power as celebrities to speak the truth. I bet if you were publically called out by Scarlett Johansson you wouldn’t ask similar questions in the next interview.